Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Health Care | By Gwendolyn Kim

Bringing family to India coming 'full circle': PM

Bringing family to India coming 'full circle': PM

"Canada's strength is that we have recognised that diversity is strength". For PM Trudeau, he sends a low-ranking official. Amarinder Singh had even accused Sajjan of being a "Khalistani sympathiser". Last April, he refused to meet visiting Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan because of it.

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While extending a warm welcome to Justin Trudeau during his visit to Golden Temple, party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said there was no doubt that Sikh Canadians are proud participants in all walks of Canadian life, impacting the welfare of not only their own community but Canadian society too.

"It's nice to come full circle and have them here with me now", Trudeau said.

"Mr. Trudeau was very happy with all arrangements the government made during his brief visit", officials added on the speculations.

The dispute is largely a disagreement over freedom of speech. Canada was open to immigration and trade, he said.

Salil Parekh, CEO of the IT consulting company Infosys, says their presence in Canada will double in the next two years while the pharmaceutical company Jubilant Bhartia says it plans to invest more than $100 million more in Canada in the next five years.

The Stephen Harper-era warmth has been replaced by a chill that Trudeau and his entourage may have felt despite arriving in India at the onset of summer.

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Being a huge believer of Mahatma Gandhi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes his family to Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad.

"It's big for some people, but I don't think it's a big issue in terms of the economic and political relationship between the countries", said Medhora.

Flash forward three-odd years and things seem to have changed quite a bit, if only to woo the Indian diaspora with an eye on the federal elections coming up in Canada next year. It reached $8 billion in 2016, far shy of the goal of $15 billion by 2015 set by the former Conservative government. "When we meet people who have different stories and background from us, we learn and grow and create a more resilient community", Trudeau said.

He said the greatest potential in trade between the two countries is in people-to- people connection.

"Free trade negotiations began in 2010".

He said there are a number of areas where both countries need each other. India also needs Canadian expertise to help with energy security. "This visit by Prime Minister Trudeau will provide an excellent opportunity to increase our trade and investment engagement as well as profile the Canadian brand", said Kasi Rao, president and CEO, C-IBC. When President Putin visited India (in 2002), Vasundhara Raje, as Minister of State (MEA), and I, as our envoy in Moscow, had received him.

Throughout the city of Ahmedabad, billboards and banners with Trudeau's and Modi's photos and the slogan "Long Live India-Canada Friendship" lined the motorcade route.

"Diplomatic sources deny snub as reports of a "cold reception" to Canadian PM make headlines NEW DELHI Aghast" over media reports over the alleged "weak" reception given to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 46, who, along with his family, arrived in India on February 17, Delhi's diplomatic circles on Monday went into damage-control mode saying earlier instances of the prime minister receiving heads of state at the airport can not set a precedent for other state leaders.

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